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SwanseaSwansea City1West HamWest Ham United1
By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Swansea celebrate a goal against West Ham
Swansea lost 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Upton Park
  • Swansea have lost only one home league game this season
  • Carroll scores fourth goal of the season
  • Gomis celebrates Swansea goal with French flag
  • Sam Allardyce absent with chest infection

Swansea fought back to earn a point against West Ham and protect a strong home record at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts made the best of the early chances but fell behind as Andy Carroll floated a precise shot into the top corner just before the break.

Substitute Marvin Emnes sparked Swansea into life and Mark Noble could only divert Bafetimbi Gomis' header into his own net as the tide turned.

West Ham came on strong, but a late onslaught could not regain the lead.

The visitors will reflect on two points lost in their pursuit of the top four as they dropped deeper in defence of their narrow lead.

But Swansea have only been beaten once in the Premier League at home this season and it is difficult to deny that the hosts deserved something from the contest.

West Ham's physicality and aerial threat had hustled Swansea to a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park in December and the hosts seemed determined not to be bullied in the opening stages.

Ashley Williams and Federico Fernandez grappled with their opponents under every high ball, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski commanded his six-yard box and West Ham, without their manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline because of illness, seemed to lack their usual intensity.

Swansea 1-1 West Ham: Set piece cost Hammers - McDonald

They also carved out the better chances with Gomis and and Gylfi Sigurdsson going close before their promising start was undone and Carroll showed there is more to his game than just old-fashioned target man.

The Hammers' record signing had scored with two headers in the reverse fixture, but on this occasion deftly controlled Stewart Downing's cross on his chest before switching feet to buy a yard of space and clipping a superb shot into the top corner from 15 yards.

Carroll's gleeful celebrations in front of a particularly vocal section of the home support had scarcely finished when Carl Jenkinson produced a superb last-ditch sliding block to deny Wayne Routledge at the other end and ensure the lead lasted until the break.

West Ham's advantage was barely threatened in the early part of the second half, with James Collins almost doubling their lead with a close-range header.

Swansea 1-1 West Ham: Bafetimbi Gomis deserved celebration

The tone of the game changed though as Garry Monk brought on Emnes and Modou Barrow for Nathan Dyer and Routledge, focusing his attack on the heart of the Hammers defence.

The Swans, for whom Manchester City target Wilfried Bony was absent on international duty, immediately had more central threat with Gomis scooping a presentable chance over the bar before glancing a header towards goal and seeing Noble turn into his own net as he tried to clear.

It set up a grandstand finish and West Ham came closest to a winner through Stewart Downing's 20-yarder and James Tomkins' header, before running out of time.

Swansea manager Garry Monk on Bafetimbi Gomis: "I brought Bafi in the summer and he has worked very well.

He has been frustrated with his game time but the games he has played he has shown his quality.

"Now he has the perfect run and you saw against West Ham the quality he has, and in the coming weeks he will be an even better player."

West Ham assistant Neil McDonald: "I think we should have won as we created some really good chances.

"Andy's goal set us up and it was a very pleasing goal because we have worked on his movement in the box.

"The first touch was great, he showed fast feet to get half a yard and he sticks it in. People think he is just a lump but he has more to his game. He has great touch and is a goalscorer with his head or feet."

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald meets Swansea's Garry Monk
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald took charge of the visitors as Sam Allardyce was suffering with a chest infection
Andy Carroll scores against Swansea
Carroll scored two goals in West Ham's 3-1 win over Swansea at Upton Park earlier this season
Andy Carroll scores against Swansea
Andy Carroll's opener takes him to four goals in 11 Premier League games this season
Andy Carroll celebrates his goal against Swansea
Carroll celebrated his goal in front of a section of the home support
Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis celebrated with a French flag after Swansea's leveller

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Fernández
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 14Carroll
  • 12DyerSubstituted forEmnesat 62'minutes
  • 23G SigurdssonSubstituted forOliveiraat 74'minutes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forBarrowat 62'minutes
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 11Emnes
  • 17Oliveira
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
  • 56Fulton
  • 58Barrow

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 5Tomkins
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16Noble
  • 4NolanSubstituted forPoyetat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Downing
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forAmalfitanoat 71'minutes
  • 9Carroll

Substitutes

  • 7Jarvis
  • 12Vaz Te
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
20,745

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, West Ham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, West Ham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Angel Rangel (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Carl Jenkinson.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor with a cross.

  6. Booking

    Diego Poyet (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Diego Poyet (West Ham United).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Modou Barrow (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

    Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Tomkins (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

  18. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Poyet with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

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